Thai government pushes booster shots as Omicron worries fuel response

The Thai government is encouraging Thais in at-risk categories to seek out a third booster shot as a new variant of concern has decision-makers on edge.

Just over 57 per cent of the population have now received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine with that number increasing everyday.

The World Health Organization recommended this past week booster shots to people in at-risk categories while it warns world leaders that a new Omicron covid variant first found in South Africa could pose a risk to global pandemic recovery.

The Thai government is making vaccines boosters available to those who want it.

Foreigners who received two doses of Sinovac and Sinopharm and can also register for a third booster in December but will only receive AstraZeneca as a third booster.

Total Numbers

More than 92.36 million doses have been administered in the country between February 28 and November 28, according to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s data.

47.96 million were first doses (66.6 per cent of the population), 41.05 million were second doses and 3.34 million were third boosters.

There are approximately 1.9 million frontline medical workers in the country and 61.5 per cent have received two doses. Out of the approximate 10.9 million people aged 60 and above, 61.8 per cent have received two doses.

Of the estimated 6.3 million that have underlying medical conditions, 66.6 per cent have received two doses.

For people looking for a third booster, the Ministry of Public Health recommends:

  • For people who received two doses of Sinovac and the third booster is going to either be AstraZeneca or Pfizer, the third booster shot should be taken four months after the second dose. For Moderna, they will only have to wait four weeks.
  • The formulas for people who received two doses of Sinopharm is similar to that of Sinovac.
  • For people who received two doses of AstraZeneca and the third booster is going to either be Pfizer or Moderna, the third booster shot should be taken six months after the second dose.

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